Custom Mantel – Almost Finished
Written by Todd Fratzel.
Today I installed the mantel shelf and the only thing left now is sanding, priming and painting. The mantel shelf is made out of a piece of 1×12 FJP
ripped down to 10 1/4″ wide. The end returns are only 9 1/4″ wide so the miter joint took me a bit to figure out. What I decided to do was run a 45 degree miter from the outside corner back until it was perpendicular to the wall corner. Then I cut straight back to the wall. Then I used my biscuit joiner to create a strong glued miter joint. Using the biscuit joiner will help ensure this joint doesn’t open up with time. All that remains is some quality time sanding and painting….the part
I’m really not looking forward to!
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